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Remote education plan

At Silverdale Primary Academy, our primary aim is the safety and well-being of our staff and pupils. We recognise that a school closure (full or partial) will impact differently on all of us and we acknowledge that children and families will face a variety of situations and challenges. With this in mind we take all steps possible to keep school open, but have robust contingency plans should school ever need to close.

We would ask all parents and carers to take the time to familiarise themselves with the information below so that our whole community can support our pupils and ensure minimal disruption to their learning if we should be forced to close for any reason.

Teaching & Learning:

Our aim is to keep our core purpose of teaching and learning continuing as effectively as possible.

If your child has to isolate at home due to a suspected covid case within the household or academy we have provided below a range of topic based activities to ensure that they are able to continue to learn whilst at home.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

In the case of a bubble closure or your child being sent home due to close contact with a confirmed case we would like to direct you initially to the learning apps used throughout the academy;

  • Years 1 - 6: Doodle Maths and Spelling Shed
  • EYFS - Year 2: Doodle Maths, Reading Eggs and Spelling Shed

In conjunction with this, the termly home learning medley can be found on this page.

This includes links to the Oak National Academy where children are led through a number of online English and Maths lessons.

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

During a full or partial lockdown, we will continue to provide your child with learning broadly in line with our Academy curriculum.  The core curriculum of English and Maths is mainly presented through the Oak National Academy, with other web-based learning activities such as the BBC being used selectively as well. The learning objectives taught here are broadly the same as those being taught for those children attending the academy, although some of the content may differ.  Links to specific lessons will be shared via the individual year group blogs.

In conjunction with this, also found on the year group blogs, daily Foundation subject activities will be posted. 

Finally, children continue to have access to the learning apps, as listed above.  If you have problems accessing these apps, please contact appsupport@silverdaleprimaryacademy.org.uk

Remote teaching and study time each day
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

  • EYFS & Key Stage 1 - 3 hours a day
  • Key Stage 2 - 4 hours a day

Individual year group pages, give a suggested time for each activity, including allowing for a break and lunch time.  These timings are to be used as a guide, and we appreciate that it may not always be possible to complete the learning at the times specified.

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

If you are unable to access home learning via the Academy website please email office@silverdaleprimaryacademy.org.uk outlining why you are unable to do so. 

We have been provided with an extremely limited number of DfE laptops.  If you believe that you could qualify then please email office@silverdaleprimaryacademy.org.uk, with the subject line “DfE laptop”, or telephone the Academy on 01424 448100.

Schools will be able to order a limited allocation of devices for:

  • disadvantaged children in years 3 to 11 who do not have access to a device and whose face-to-face education is disrupted
  • disadvantaged children in any year group who have been advised to shield because they (or someone they live with) are clinically extremely vulnerable
  • disadvantaged children in any year group attending a hospital school

If you need support with accessing printed materials please email the class teachers directly.  They will then organise a printed bundle and notify you as to when this may be collected from the Academy Office.   Any work completed on paper may be returned to the Academy office when you collect your next pack, this will then be shared with the class teacher.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely;
As part of this list, schools may wish to indicate the extent to which they are used, and subjects and key stages these approaches are used in, if there are differences.

Some examples of remote teaching approaches:

  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • commercially available websites/apps supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences (BBC bitesize, youtube, phonicsplay, Doodle Maths, Reading Eggs, Spelling Shed)
  • long-term project work and/or internet research activities
  • daily foundation subject practical activities.

Engagement and feedback
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

We expect all children to be accessing home learning on a daily basis. The year group pages show clear expectations of timings throughout the day for lessons.

Children may also choose to access the learning apps that they are familiar with from daily academy life. We appreciate that you may not have direct teaching experience, but please try and build a sense of routine for your children when approaching home learning.  The timings provided will help you to achieve this with your child.  If you are able to sit with your child to help read and check their work this will benefit their understanding of the work completed and help to consolidate any online learning.

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

We would request that you email your child’s work into the class we email address daily.  This may include photos, scans or any computer generated documents that show your child’s work.  Every class has a specific email which teachers are checking frequently throughout the week.
These can be sent to the class email address classname@silverdaleprimaryacademy.org.uk (e.g. robins@; kingfishers@; kites@ etc)

We would suggest sending one email a day with all work completed attached rather than multiple emails.

Teachers will respond to the messages sent in to acknowledge the work and in some cases to offer next steps or possibly suggestions for improvement.

We will maintain a register of work sent in to monitor how often and which children are engaging with their home learning.  If we do not hear from you or your child the class teacher may phone or email to enquire how home learning is going and suggest possible ways to help engage.

Examples of good work will be shared via the Academy Instagram page (@silverdale_academy_official)

Additional support for pupils with particular needs
How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

There will be regular well-being check ins with families of children with SEND. The provision of specific resources to children with OT, Social Stories and/or Speech & Lang, where available and as required. Parents will be signposted to additional resources websites, outside agencies and support groups. Targets and recommendations from EHCP’s will be resourced and discussed with families and agencies - along with support with tasks and activities. SEND team will support families to manage SEMH by telephone/Teams. Outside agency support will be accessed by TEAMS and SENCO will also direct communication, assessment and reviews through TEAMS meetings. Referrals will made as usual. Additional information will be available on School newsletter. Sessions undertaken on TEAMs for Speech & Language where appropriate and possible for a child. Annual Reviews and meetings conducted as normally timetabled via TEAMs. Learning and activities will be personalised according to circumstances and needs of family/child. All children with an EHCP are advised to attend school with the support of appropriate adjustments where possible, e.g. a reduced timetable.